Edmund Walker Head
Sir Edmund Walker Head
George Theodore Berthon's Sir Edmund Walker Head, 8th Baronet
|Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick|
|Preceded by||William MacBean George Colebrooke|
|Succeeded by||John Manners-Sutton, 3rd Viscount Canterbury|
|Governor General of the Province of Canada|
|Preceded by||James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin|
|Succeeded by||Charles Monck, 4th Viscount Monck|
|Born||16 February 1805|
Wiarton Place, near Maidstone, England
|Died||28 January 1868 (aged 62)|
|Spouse(s)||Lady Anna Maria Head (née Yorke)|
Early life and scholarship
He was educated at Winchester College and Oriel College, Oxford, and in 1830 he was made a Fellow of Merton College. He was an Oxford scholar and tutor who published several books, including a book on the verbs shall and will. In 1866, Head published The Story of Viga Glum, which he had translated from the original Icelandic. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1863.
In 1854, Head was appointed Governor General of the Province of Canada. He served until 1861. During his time in office, there was some controversy over his refusal to grant a dissolution to the Reform ministry at the time of the "Double Shuffle".
Head died in London in 1868.
He had married Anna Maria Yorke, daughter of Reverend Philip Yorke Prebendary of Ely, and his wife, Hon. Anna Maria Cocks, daughter of John Cocks, 1st Earl Somers, on 27 November 1838. Anna Maria was born in 1808. The couple had three children. Their son accidentally drowned in Quebec's Saint-Maurice River in September, 1859. One of their two daughters was born at Fredericton, New Brunswick on 6 February 1849.
Anna Maria was an artist, who sketched a picture of the view from Major's Hill, Ottawa, Ontario which she subsequently presented to Queen Victoria. Within a month or two after this event Her Majesty chose Ottawa as the seat of Government of United Canada. Lady Head volunteered and bestowed alms among the poor. A memorial of her Ladyship's visit to the Upper Ottawa, in a bark canoe, in 1856, stands at Portage-du-Fort, Quebec. In the county of Renfrew, a township Maria, was named in her honour. Lady Head died at Oak Lea, Shere, Guildford, England, 25 August 1890.
- Sir Edmund Head Hall is the name of the engineering building at the University of New Brunswick.
- Edmundston, New Brunswick, is named after him.
- The united township of Head, Clara and Maria in Renfrew County, Ontario was named in honour of Head and his wife.
- Gibson, James A. (1976). "Head, Sir Edmund Walker". In Halpenny, Francess G (ed.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. IX (1861–1870) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.
- Encyclopædia Britannica. 13 (11th ed.). 1911. .
- "Page:The American Language.djvu/160 - Wikisource, the free online library". en.wikisource.org. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
- Head, Sir Edmund (1866). The Story of Viga-Glum. Williams and Norgate.
- "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 13 November 2010.[permanent dead link]
- "From the LONDON GAZETTE, Tuesday, Oct. 26". The Times. 27 October 1847. p. 4. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
The Queen has been pleased to appoint Sir Edmund Walker Head, Bart., to be Lieutenant-Governor of the province of New Brunswick.
- The Edinburgh Gazette, September 22, 1854, Numb. 6423, p. 813.
- David Mills, "Double Shuffle", Canadian Encyclopedia, July 7, 2015.
- "Court Circular". The Times. 17 December 1860. p. 7. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- "Deaths". The Times. 27 August 1890. p. 1. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- Morgan, Henry James, ed. (1903). Types of Canadian Women and of Women who are or have been Connected with Canada. Toronto: Williams Briggs. p. 153.
- UNB Archives and Special Collections: Sir Edmund Head Hall
- Edmundston: Heritage and Culture
|Baronetage of England|
(of The Hermitage)